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Amigami Summer Catalog

After several sleepless nights, the Amigami Summer Catalog is now available!  This catalog features all the great products I have for sale, as well as work of local artists.  I am now in the process of sending it far & wide, a kind of guerrilla distribution.

You can have your own copy or help spread the word today!  When working with the PDF, print only the odd pages first, then flip the finished pages and print the even.  Then simply fold the pages in half & staple.

Check Out the 2010 Amigami Summer Catalog [pdf]

Revisiting Rogers: My Flea Market Finds

I love showcasing the artwork of others, and even though I’ve already spoke on our visit to Rogers Community Auction, I had to make special note of the wonderful jewelry I acquired there.

A mother-daughter team stationed down the market avenue had a fantastic array of beaded stone jewelry.  From rings to necklaces, they had four tables featuring a plethora of semi-precious stones and styles.  Having what seems to be a genetic predisposition for turquoise, I gravitated towards a perfect-for-summer chunky bangle and matching ring.  The bracelet features 5 intersecting bands of pale blue turquoise on elastic (for easy wear & removal).  The matching ornate ring showcases a dazzling cabochon set in brilliant sterling silver.  Both the mother & daughter were extremely approachable about their products & techniques, and I thank them for the excellent deal they gave me on the set.

Ramon went on several hardware outings throughout the day , and returned with a gorgeous pendant for me.  It showcases a perfectly intricate mini dried flower display, in shades of antiqued gold and mauve, encapsulated under a glass dome within a metal frame.  The reverse side holds a mirror of matching proportion, and hangs from a 24″ long complementary chain.

I absolutely love this necklace, but there’s one setback:  I’m allergic to nickel & most forms of metal.   Attempting to coat the chain in clear nail polish would ultimately be fruitless, so unless I find another method of combating my allergy, I may regrettably have to exchange the chain for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And finally, our market neighbor Denny, from Cambridge, and his friends had an assortment of goods, including some very special jewelry.  We spoke with Denny and his daughter at length, on a multitude of interesting topics – they were both absolute pleasures.  He told us about his sister, who was an artist & crafter in her own right, until she unfortunately passed of cancer a few years ago.  He had recently rediscovered some of her beaded jewelry, and of course I had to commemorate his sister & our meeting.  The medicine pouch I purchased is stunning, with a red & white heart theme, accented by rich gold.  Denny also told us of multiple herbal cures of which he is knowledgeable, including the potent Essiac Tea, which aided his sister & countless others through the hardest of times.  Denny was SO generous to share this information with us, we feel obligated to use it & pass it on.  Thank you Denny & Vanessa, as well as the entire Rogers Market Community, for all your great company & hospitality.

Amigami at Rogers Community Auction!

Eastern Ohio is the home of many weekly flea markets and community auctions.  With great deals and virtually endless variety, you can’t find a better way to spend a summer day shopping.  And one of the (in my opinion) best is conveniently just up the river.  Rogers Community Auction, located (coincidentally enough) in Rogers, Ohio, allows the community a terrific way to buy and sell on a massive scale.  With over 1600 vendor lots plus pavilions, and even livestock auctions, you can literally find just about anything.

So what better way for Amigami to spend a super warm Friday than to set up a spot and talk to the good people of the market.  In addition to the Amigami items for sale, we also featured creations by Sneaky and Autumn, as well as vintage & antique items donated by both Rancho Chico Ranch and myself.  It was an absolutely gorgeous, albeit HOT day, and although we were located in a mere tributary of a thoroughfare, we were luckily near the bridge to the parking lot.

Many people stopped to discuss our more peculiar items (particularly Rancho Chico’s vintage infant incubator!), and by the end of the day there was a lot more empty space in the back of the truck.  Our lot neighbors were an absolute pleasure, we couldn’t have asked for better company.  And of course, we made a nice sum and were even able to purchase a few items of our own during our turns wandering the market.  Overall, it was a terrific experience, and I have every intention of returning throughout the summer (although an Independence Day hiatus is in order).  If you are in the eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania are on a Friday this summer (maybe a layover at the Pitt Airport?) make SURE not to miss this wonderful weekly event!

Stylish Summer Hemp Bracelets

Hemp jewelry never seems to go out of style, and it is one of the most often requested crafts I create.  And for good reason – it is incredibly strong, easy to work with, and withstands the tests of time and wear.  Honestly, I had never worked with hemp until a few years ago.  My prior experience with knotted bracelets however, was solely in embroidery floss, (which employs several of the same techniques) so the transition to hemp was fairly simple.

These lovely hemp bracelets are dedicated to the beginning of summer, and are great for people of all ages.  Each bracelet is constructed through a series of alternating square knots, punctuated by wooden vintage-style round beads.  The neutral color scheme of the bracelet, accented by the red and black bead patterns, truly make this a go-to piece for any summer outfit or occasion.

As alluded to above, I’ve also been working with my traditional medium of embroidery floss.  The plethora of colors available, along with the more pliable nature of floss,   allow for a vast array of color and pattern variations.  These are just a few simple examples, but I hope to feature larger, more complex pieces in the near future.

I particularly enjoy the piece which has come to be known as the “Rasta Bracelet.”  Constructed using the traditional technique of double overhand knots, these bracelets feature repeating bars of Rastafari red, gold & green separated by fields of black.  Adding dance and movement, thin braids dangle from either end of the bracelet, which really makes them stand out from the pack.  These bracelets are great for either gender, and add a playful splash to any ensemble.

If you are interested in either of the designs, please check my Etsy shop – they will be posted soon!  And of course, if you have an idea of your own you would like to see materialized, I am always available for custom requests.

Annual Wheeling Moose Steak Fry!

The solstice is approaching, and in Wheeling, WV that can only mean one thing:  the annual Moose Club Steak Fry!  The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international fraternal organization, much like the Elks and Kiwanis Clubs.  Every year we take a break at the Wheeling Island Marina, with great food, drink, & entertainment.  Tons of people showed this year, and the weather was superb (minus a rain hiccup during set-up) — all in all, it was a great success!!  The shelter is spectacular, with abundant seating, cooking space, and lots of room to roam.  Thank you to Tom Dorsch & his family for maintaining this wonderful space and allowing us to use it!  Congratulations to Dennis and Katie for winning the 50/50 Raffles.

And a HUGE Thank You to Ed, Katie, Gus, Karen, Box, Rabbit, Bill P, Arden, and all the other Moose members who volunteered their time towards making this year’s steak fry such a success!

This year a special appearance was made by Stone and Alberto, 2 alpacas from local Rancho Chico Ranch.  They were a big hit, and loved hanging out with the crowd and being true party animals.  Thanks to Ramon for bringing down his boys — we hope they return next year!

As the unofficial photographer of the day, I’m posting a full gallery of the day’s activities.  Please feel free to comment and share your memories of the Moose Steak Fry!


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